UKRJ S1 Ep 10 Through the West Midlands to Crewe

Through the West Midlands to Crewe – UK Rail Journeys Series 1 – Episode 10

The second day of The Welsh Dragon continues as we continue our journey through the West Midlands to Crewe. We are not following the planned route along the Welsh coast because someone crashed into a bridge. Instead we are taking a long route from Shrewsbury to Crewe.

Our four and a half hour journey allows every passenger to eat a full Sunday Lunch before we arrive and join the coaches taking us to our hotels.

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Towards Maindee junction:

We continue our journey through Maindee Junction, just to the west of Newport, where we have to wait for a train from Cardiff to pass.

The junction takes us on to the line towards Gloucester that we travelled on yesterday.

Along the River Severn:

Our Class 47 locomotive from West Coast Railways pulls us north as we travel along the Severn on a beautiful day with stunning scenery.

Through the West Midlands:

We climb the Lickey Incline on our approach to Birmingham and the West Midlands. This area is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

As we enter Birmingham we pass the amazing Curzon Street Station, the original Birmingham terminus of the line to London Euston. The station originally opened in 1838 and finally closed to passengers in 1893.

Goods traffic used the station until 1966.

We then cause a stir as we pass through Birmingham New Street station, then, after passing through Wolverhampton station, we cross the BOC site in Lower Walsall Street on a viaduct.

On to our destination:

Our journey then takes us through Stafford and Stoke on Trent before reaching Crewe where we transfer to coaches to take us to our hotels. I’m staying in Caernafon at the Premier Inn for three nights.


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